Our research uncovered that the first mention of the DOGSO law is found in the IFAB’s Mandatory Instruction that was issued and published in the FIFA Universal Guide for Referees before the 1990 FIFA World Cup in Italy. The Mandatory Instruction stated, in its entirety, that:
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In the ATR 12:37, it says a DOGSO when a player or substitute “(b) denies an obvious goalscoring opportunity to an opponent moving towards the player’s goal by an offence punishable by a free kick or penalty kick”.
The FIFA 2013-14 Laws of the Game and the U.S. Soccer counterpart include the same language to define DOGSO. They list the same seven reasons to send a player off, including two for DOGSO – the first is for handling and the second is for what we commonly call “DOGSO-F” or “DOGSO due to Foul.”
As Law 12 now stands, there are still two basic DOGSO scenarios, one of which involves illegal handling and the other involves any offense other than handling. An illegal handling that prevents a goal will always result in a direct free kick (or a penalty kick) and a red card no matter where in the field the handling occurs (a caution is appropriate if the illegal handling does not prevent the goal).
Denying an obvious goalscoring opportunity (DOGSO) is a red-card offense. This rule is to prevent the defense from fouling to destroy their opponents’ most dangerous scoring opportunities and takes into account handling the ball and fouling an attacker moving toward the goal by an offense punishable by a free kick or penalty kick.
Question: Understanding that “you would have to be there,” as referee I was somewhat surprised on a particular DOGSO. U-19 girls, D-4. The attacker was on a breakaway with the defender stride for stride next to her… the Center Ref was following the play by about 10 yards with no one between the Ref and the play.
The resulting penalty kick was – fortunately for the referee – converted into Real Madrid’s goal. In this blog, taking this incident as an example, we wanted to discuss a somewhat different DOGSO related issue. Namely, assume that the referee played advantage and Bale scored his goal.
DOGSO-F, DOGSO-H, DOGSO IN GENERAL. Several questions have come in recently dealing with obvious goalscoring opportunities (OGSO) and we have replied based on the specific wording of each question. See entries of January 19, 2011 (DOGSO: THE DEBATE ON DG-F IS OVER!), and February 22, 2011 (DOGSO-F). It appears that some readers may have been ...
DOGSO/OGSO Once Again. ... In this instance there was a covering defender which the referee agreed with but he said that if I hadn’t fouled the striker, it would ...